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U.S. extradites accused Chinese drug lord Zhenli Ye Gon to Mexico

October 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. extradites accused Chinese drug lord Zhenli Ye Gon to Mexico

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The United States government extradited Chinese-born businessman and accused drug lord Zhenli Ye Gon to Mexico where he faces drug trafficking charges.

In 2007, Ye Gon fled to the U.S. where he was detained after Mexican authorities confiscated $205 million in cash at his villa located outside Mexico City.

After nine years of legal court wrangling, the U.S.government complied with an official extradition request submitted by the Mexican government. Federal agents flew Ye Gon to Mexico where he was turned over to officials from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

Prosecutors in Mexico the 2008 extradition request was the result of an arrest warrant for Yr Gon on charges related to drug trafficking, possession of illegal weapons, conducting operations with illegal proceeds, and conspiracy.

Deputy Attorney-General Salvador Sandoval Silva said that he was the owner of the Mexico-based Unimed Pharm Chem pharmaceutical company, and allegedly imported multi-ton quantities of chemicals which act as a precursor for the production of methamphetamine.

The dual Chinese and Mexican national has staunchly denied the allegations and has maintained that his company produced legal prescription medications, Proceso reported.

Zhenli Ye Gon boarded a flight in Virginia escorted by US Federal Marshals and was flown to Mexico City International Airport, where he was handed over to PGR officials.

The accused drug trafficker was transferred to the Altiplano maximum security detention center, located just outside Mexico City, the same facility where Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pulled off his great escape through an elaborate 1.5-mile dugout tunnel linked to a nearby farm house back in July 2015.

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